As many of you may know, H1N1 infections are in our community now. The vaccine is still in production and will have limited, rationed distribution to make sure we protect the our most vulnerable. It is a very effective vaccine and highly recommended for all pregnant women, children, and people at risk for medical complications.
We strive to keep our patients informed and will update here on this website:
As of October 26, the H1N1 influenza vaccine (injection and nasal versions) is available for children 6 months - 18 years at the Tahoe Forest Health Clinic by walk-in Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-12am and 2-4pm. The clinic is on the second floor of the Medical Office Building in Truckee (just upstairs from our Truckee office.) phone: 582-3277.
Update from Nevada County Health Dept:
"The next wave of vaccine is expected to arrive in Nevada County around the middle of November. This shipment will not be enough for widespread distribution to providers. It is designated for the target groups of pregnant women, young children (6mo–8th grade), healthcare workers whose practices focus on obstetric and pediatric patients, and first responders that respond to 9-1-1 medical calls. Subsequent shipments will focus first on 9th-12th grade students, then school faculty and classroom staff, as well as additional healthcare workers and first responders. After those groups have been targeted, vaccine will be available to everyone else as quantities allow."
The Flumist nasal vaccine is available at North Lake Pediatrics only at this point. We do not currently have the H1N1 vaccine.
It is most likely that the vaccine will not be recommended for adults over age 65 as they appear to be largely protected from the infection and it's complications.
additional information: http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1FLU/